The International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) annually awards a bronze medal and a cash prize for the World Best PhD Thesis in Rock Mechanics in memory of Professor Manuel Rocha, the second President and organiser of the first international congress of the ISRM. The wining thesis is selected based on; 1) Problem statement, 2) Appreciation of State of the Art, 3) Theoretical and/or practical advancements, 4) Verification of proposed solution and 5) Quality of Presentation of the thesis. The choice of the prize-winning thesis is the responsibility of the Rocha Award Committee, appointed by the President, chaired by the President, and including the Vice-Presidents and any others co-opted to assist in the review process. The committee then invite the Rocha Medal winner to attend the following ISRM conference as a guest to receive the award with providing all the expenses.

The award is offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. It promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. The Foundation sponsors the best scientists and scholars as well as prospective leaders irrespective of regional origin or disciplinary focus.

Selection of awardees is based on the principle of academic self-governance: committees composed of scientists and scholars of all academic disciplines decide who will be sponsored, independently and solely according to standards of academic excellence.

Name of the journal : Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources

ISSN Print : 2363-8419

ISSN Electronic : 2363-8427

Link : http://www.springer.com/engineering/civil+engineering/journal/40948

Aims and Scope :

The journal G4 publishes original research, new developments, and case studies in the field of geomechanics and geophysics with special application to energy and resources in the subsurface Earth.  This covers the full scope of geomechanics and geophysics including theory and analysis, laboratory and field experiments, numerical methods and modelling techniques, and engineering applications and technology development related to energy and resources. This scope includes discovery and recovery of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, mining and resources engineering, natural and enhanced geothermal energy, geotechnical engineering of energy storage, geological solutions for energy and resources including geological disposal of energy wastes including sequestration of carbon dioxide. All papers on these topics within the journal scope are welcomed.


In recognition of his outstanding efforts as a postgraduate supervisor, Professor Ranjith Pathegama Gamage has won the 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision.

Ranjith is an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering. Ranjith's lines of research ultimately converge on mitigation of climate change, an overriding challenge in our time; and he faces up to some of the greatest engineering challenges.